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Writing  a  Drama  Essay  
  The  Basics  
-­‐Analyse  what  the  question  asks  of  you   -­‐Develop  a  line  of  discussion  in  answer  to  the  question   -­‐Support  your  line  of  discussion  with  quotes  from  the  text  set  for  study   -­‐Express  your  ideas  clearly  and  write  with  your  own  voice   -­‐Write  a  well  structured  and  informative  response  that  encapsulates  your  learning  experiences      

Basic  Essay  Structure  
An  essay  is  a  written  text  that  answers  a  question  by  expressing  a  point  of  view  or  developing  an   argument  (like  in  debating).       An  essay  has  three  parts:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Introduction     (What  you  will  be  saying  in  this  essay)   Body     Conclusion     (Details  of  your  argument)   (A  summary  of  what  has  been  said)  

Your  introduction  should  include:   -­‐A  clear  thesis  statement  that  outlines  your  answer  to  the  question                                                                                                                                                               -­‐An  outline  of  the  main  points  you  will  be  discussing  in  your  essay  

The  paragraphs  of  the  body  of  your  essay  should  include:   -­‐A  clear  topic  sentence  about  the  point  you  are  making                                                                                                                                                                                                 -­‐An  example  from  the  text  OR  an  example  of  experiential  learning  that  supports  this                                                                                                       -­‐An  explanation  of  how  this  relates  to  the  question  and  your  thesis.  

-­‐Your  conclusion  should  sum  up  your  argument.     -­‐Be  sure  it  agrees  with  your  thesis  and  introduction.     -­‐  


Drama  Specific  Essays  
-­‐Engage  the  reader  of  your  essay  with  your  practical  dramatic  knowledge  of  the  text  set  for  study.   -­‐Remember  that  it  is  a  drama  essay,  and  therefore  it  must  express  not  just  what  you  know  about  the   text,  but  more  importantly  what  experiential  and  experimental  learning  you  have  undertaken.  In     -­‐Draft  and  re-­‐draft  the  relevant  ideas  you  have  developed  from  your  class  workshops  and   performance  experiences   -­‐Decide  what  points  or  aspects  of  argument  may  need  to  be  made  and  backed  up  by  evidence  from   the  text   -­‐Practice  planning  and  writing  the  essay    

Experiential  Learning  
Topic  Sentences   Our  group  improvised  a  scene  which  .  .  .     My  workshop  experiences  into  the  topic  area  .  .  .     We  worked  with  each  other  to  create  .  .  .     When  we  experimented  with  .  .  .     When  I  became  a  .  .  .         My  workshop  experience  .  .  .     Regular  Sentences   The  audience  reacted  with  laugher  when  .  .  .     We  explored  our  performance  through  .  .  .     In  a  class  workshop  the  students  created  a  .  .  .     We  worked  with  each  other  to  create  .  .  .     We  used  our  bodies  to  try  to  .  .  .     In  class  we  explored  language  activities  that  .  .  .     We  improvised  a  number  of  cultural  and  social   concerns  that  were  similar  in  both  plays  by  .  .  .     As  an  audience  member  I  found  myself  .  .  .  

The  Best  Responses:  
-­‐Develop  a  strong  thesis  that  directly  responded  to  the  QUESTION   -­‐Maintain  a  consistent  argument  throughout  the  essay   -­‐Are  written  fluently  and  in  an  appropriate  register   -­‐Use  extensive  evidence  from  the  text  and  experiential  learning  

Practice  Essay       Contemporary  Australian  Theatre  Practice   20  Marks    Attempt  Question  1   Allow  about  45minutes  for  this  question   Answer  the  question  in  the  space  provided   In  your  answer  you  will  be  assessed  on  how  well  you:    demonstrate  knowledge  and  understanding  of  drama  and  theatre  relevant  to  the  question                                            express  your  point  of  view  and  use  appropriate  supporting  evidence                                                                                                                            present  a  sustained,  logical  and  well-­‐structured  answer  to  the  question   Question  1  (20  marks)     How  does  Australian  drama  and  theatre  stage  a  range  of  the  different  individual  experiences  found   in  Australian  society?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         In  your  answer,  refer  to  the  dramatic  forms,  performance  styles,  techniques  and  the  conventions  of   Australian  Drama  and  Theatre  and  in  particular  to  your  study  and  experience  of  TWO  texts  set  for   study.  

Practice  Essay       Contemporary  Australian  Theatre  Practice   20  Marks   2.  Take  note  of  the  criteria  on  which   you  will  be  marked   Allow  about  45minutes  for  this  question                                                                                                                                                                                                               Answer  the  question  in  the  space  provided    Attempt  Question  1     In  your  answer  you  will  be  assessed  on  how  well  you:    demonstrate  knowledge  and  understanding  of  drama  and  theatre  relevant  to  the  question                                        express  your  point  of  view  and  use  appropriate  supporting  evidence                                                                                                                          present  a  sustained,  logical  and  well-­‐structured  answer  to  the  question     Question  1  (20  marks)     How  does  Australian  drama  and  theatre  stage  a  range  of  the  different  individual  experiences  found   in  Australian  society?     In  your  answer,  refer  to  the  dramatic  forms,  performance  styles,  techniques  and  the  conventions     of  Australian  Drama  and  Theatre  and  in  particular  to  your  study  and  experience  of  TWO  texts  set   for  study.  

Practice  Essay       Contemporary  Australian  Theatre  Practice   20  Marks    Attempt  Question  1   Allow  about  45minutes  for  this  question   Answer  the  question  in  the  space  provided   In  your  answer  you  will  be  assessed  on  how  well  you:    demonstrate  knowledge  and  understanding  of  drama  and  theatre  relevant  to  the  question    express  your  point  of  view  and  use  appropriate  supporting  evidence    present  a  sustained,  logical  and  well-­‐structured  answer  to  the  question     Question  1  (20  marks)       How  does  Australian  drama  and  theatre  stage  a  range  of  the  different  individual  experiences  found   in  Australian  society?     In  your  answer,  refer  to  the  dramatic  forms,  performance  styles,  techniques  and  the  conventions  of   Australian  Drama  and  Theatre  and  in  particular  to  your  study  and  experience  of  TWO  texts  set  for   study.  

3.  Examine  the  question  carefully.   Exactly  what  is  being  asked  of  you?   Highlight  key  terms.  

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